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In the fall of 2016 Todd Nash will teach a series of Fundamentals of Baseball/Softball classes in southern California.  Classes will meet in many different sites in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, and San Diego Counties.  Classes will begin the week of September 26, 2016.  The class is designed for kids ages 5-18, and each child will learn at their age level.  It is an instructional format, not a competitive team.  Students will have the opportunity to develop their baseball and softball skills from the very basics starting with how to hold the ball and throw the ball.  Most students do not have proper throwing and catching technique!  This class will teach that critical technique, and will help you as a parent develop your child's essential baseball throwing and catching skills at a much more rapid pace than the typical trial and error method.  We will spend the first half of the class periods working on skills used in baseball, and re-enforcing these skills with some games that use the skills.  There will not be any competitive games played against other teams as in a baseball/softball league.  We will, during the last few weeks, set up all the students on the baseball field and play a "round robin" type of game so they will all play each position and learn the game by playing it.  This will give them the feel of a game while retaining the instructional format.

The class will teach students all the basic skills in baseball & softball including throwing, catching, fielding ground balls and pop-fly's, basic batting, the rules of the game, some game strategy, and other games played in smaller numbers with baseball/softball equipment to re-enforce skill development.  Boys and girls may work with either a baseball or a softball, depending on their interest.  However, younger children will all be given a soft baseball to work with for safety, and the size will be better for their smaller hands.  Typically, boys work with baseballs, and girls work with softballs since those are the games they play competitively.  Younger children will use a "soft" baseball - a tee-ball, to reduce the fear of being hit with the ball and make it safer for them.

Cost:  The fee for the class will be $95 per student if you are paying cash or check, and $100 if a charter school will be invoiced.  There are no discounts for multiple siblings.  The fee must be paid prior to the start of the class.  If you have a charter school paying for the class, you will not be required to pay a deposit if the charter school PO is in Todd's possession before the start of the class.  If not, your deposit check will be deposited into the bank until the class is complete and the charter school pays for the class.  ILA students should get a PO for $55/month for 4 months for the fall semester.

Requirements:  Students should have their own baseball/softball glove.  Without a glove, you cannot play baseball/softball, and you cannot practice at home between classes and gain skill.  Todd will have some extra gloves with him at class available on a first come basis, but you should try to get a glove for your child.  Try local thrift stores to find a used glove.  I have purchased many for $5 and under.  If you are unable to get a glove, do not stay out of the class - sign up and come use one of the gloves Todd will bring.  Wear tennis shoes, athletic shorts or sweatpants, and a T-shirt.   Bring water.  Cleats are not required, but may be worn if the student owns cleats.  It is not necessary to purchase cleats for this class. 

SHOES:  Parents, please do not bring your kids to classes with Sandals, slip on shoes, or barefoot.  Without proper shoes, children may be forced to sit out the class.  Many of the activities in class could injure your child's foot without adequate support and protection.  Lace up tennis shoes that are tied tightly (not baggy, untied, and loose) are the only proper footwear.  Slip on shoes are not good - they fly off when exerting minimal effort in sports, and force the athlete to develop BAD HABITS of pushing the toes down into the shoe to hold it on.  Help your child excel, and do not get them slip on shoes for sports!  Sandals are never appropriate for sports - they do not provide support or protection.  A baseball or softball hitting the open, exposed toes of a student in sandals would likely break their toes.  Please bring them to class in LACE UP SHOES TIED SECURELY.

To sign up, go to the registration page linked to the home page.  THIS IS NOT AN INTEREST LIST!  If you register, you are expected to pay and attend the class!  Classes are planned, schedules set, and money is spent based on registration numbers, so do not register unless you will be paying for and attending the class.  Also make sure you read the cancellation policy on the CONDUCT AND POLICIES page, and read the same page to understand the behavior expectations for your child.  You may contact Todd Nash at California Athletics with questions, but please register through the website.   

Schedule:  Classes will all begin the week of September 26, 2016, and will meet for 8 consecutive weeks.  The following us the tentative class schedule - under revision until the end of August.


11:00-12:00       South Corona

12:30-1:30         Riverside

2:15-3:15           Claremont



9:05-10:00         Reid Day School

10:30-11:30       Mission Viejo

12:00-1:00         HSCOC Costa Mesa

1:20-2:20           iLead Santa Ana (starting the week of Oct 4)

3:50-4:50           Heritage Christian School Coop, San Clemente (starting the week of Oct 4)



9:40-10:40         ILA Aliso Viejo PE Class

12:15-1:15         Carlsbad

1:45-2:45           Escondido

3:30-4:30           Mira Mesa



8:30-9:30           Chino Hills

10:30-11:30       Glendale

12:15-1:15         Torrance

2:00-3:00           Long Beach

3:45-4:45           Anaheim/Orange



9:00-10:00         Murietta



See the bottom of this page for detailed directions to the locations for each park.  To sign up, go to the registration page linked to the home page.  You may contact Todd Nash at California Athletics with questions, but please register through the website.


If you are with a charter school which will pay for your class, contact your teacher and have a PO issued immediately. If I have a PO in hand prior to the class start I will not require a deposit check.  This is your responsibility as the parent to arrange!




Monday 11:00-12:00 South Corona/Elsinore:  Deleo Regional Sports Park, 25655 Santiago Canyon Rd, Corona.  Meet in the parking lot next to the playground.


Monday 12:30-1:30 Riverside:  Arlington Heights Sports Park.  Take 91 to Van Buren SOUTH.  After crossing Victoria, take the next left on Cleveland at the end of the park, then enter the park on the first drive on the left.  We will meet at the basketball courts and go to various parts of the park from there.  Mapquest the intersection of Cleveland and Van Buren in Riverside. 


Monday 2:15-3:15 Claremont:  Blaisdell Park, 440 S College Ave in Claremont.  Meet in the parking lot and we will go to the field together.




Tuesday 9:10-10:05:  Reid Day School, Costa Mesa. 


Tuesday 10:30 - 11:30 Mission Viejo:  Costeau Park, Mission Viejo, at the intersection of Alicia and Cousteau, 200 meters west of I-5.  Turn left on Costeau, park immediately, meet at the basketball court.


Tuesday 12:00-1:00 HSCOC Costa Mesa:  Mesa Verde United Methodist Church, 1701 Baker St, Costa Mesa.


Tuesday 1:20-2:20 iLead Santa Ana:  At the iLead 360 site in Santa Ana.  Call Todd if you need details.


Tuesday 3:50-4:50  Heritage Christian School Coop: Vista Jardin & Community Center, San Clemente.  Contact Todd by email to enroll in this class - it is part of a class day for Heritage.



Wednesday 8:15-9:15  HSC South OC/Crown Homeschool PE, Rancho Santa Margarita: Arroyo Vista Park, 29661 Avenida De Las Banderas, Rancho Santa Margarita.


Wednesday 9:40-10:40  ILA Aliso Viejo PE Class:  5 Pursuit, Aliso Viejo


Wednesday 12:15-1:15  Carlsbad:  Poinsettia Park, 6600 Hidden Valley Rd., Carlsbad, CA 92011. When you enter the park, turn LEFT at the T, follow the road to the BASEBALL field at the bottom of the hill, meet in the parking lot by the BASEBALL field.


Wednesday 1:45-2:45 Escondido:  Calvin Christian School, 2000 N Broadway, Escondido.  Meet in the parking lot across from the high school, we will go to the baseball field next to the parking lot across from the high school when I arrive.


Wednesday 3:30-4:30 Mira Mesa: Hourglass Community Park.  Black Mountain Road, at the intersection of Black Mountain Rd and Gold Coast Dr.  Meet in the parking lot on Black Mountain Rd just north of Gold Coast by the baseball diamond closest to Gold Coast Dr.




Thursday 8:30-9:30 Chino Hills:  Grand Avenue Park, 1301 Grand Avenue, Chino Hills, CA.  Just west of Pleasant Hill Dr on Grand Avenue.  Entering the park turn left in the parking lot and park immediately.  Meet on the field just right of the gazebo.


Thursday 10:30-11:30 Glendale:  Brand park, Glendale.  1601 West Mountain Street, Glendale, CA 91201/  Meet at the field immediately on the left as you enter the park.  Meet by the top of the stairs that go down to the outfield area of the baseball field.


Thursday 12:15-1:15 Torrance:  Guenser Park, 17800 Gramercy Pl, Torrance.  Meet at the baseball field.


Thursday 2:00-3:00 Long Beach:  Stearns Champions Park, 4520 E 23rd St, Long Beach, CA.  Meet in the parking lot closest to the playground.


Thursday 3:45-4:45 Anaheim/Orange:  El Camino Real Park, 400 North Main Street, Orange, CA 92868.  Meet in parking lot on Orangewood near tennis courts on the north side of the park.




Friday 9:00-10:00 Murietta (SOCCER):  California Oaks Sports Park.  Take California Oaks east from I-15, park on the street next to the basketball courts and meet there.  We will use the outfield of the baseball field closest to California Oaks.




Please feel free to email if you have any questions.